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The Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge train.
Silverton is a weird town. There's lots of neat history, some unique
individuals, and beautiful old buildings from the mining era. But what
makes it really weird is the fact that Nutella is cheaper than peanut
butter. Works for me! My snacks for the upcoming section are Nutella and
dried cherries, wrapped in tortillas. Mmmmm. Fat cells happy.
Today started out a little rough. I had a heck of a time hitching back to
the trail from Silverton. I stood there for probably half an hour before
another hiker, who was actually heading INTO Silverton, took pity on me,
turned around, and brought me the six miles back to the pass.
It was a spectacular hike again today. I left from Molas Pass, at 10,886,
climbed through a few gorgeous passes, hiked past the Twin Sisters, Rolling
Mountain, and Grizzly Peak, and finally dropped down to Bolam Pass. There
were a couple spectacular waterfalls along the way, some beautiful rock
formations, and tons of springs for fresh water.
Today was, by far, the most social day on the trail for me. There were
tons of mountain bikers, and I met a section hiker, Seth from San Antonio,
who's heading from Molas to Durango. A group of bikers from Redding, CA,
are doing the hut to hut ride from Molas Pass to Moab, Utah. They were a
ton of fun to be around today. They're from sea level, and were taking
things slow, so I hiked around them all day. They all had amazing stories
to share. One, Tom, has done the Great Divide bike race from Canada to
Mexico. Brian, another one, does Adventure Races across the country.
Something to think about...
I just barely finished Segment 25, and am camped near Celebration Lake for
the night. Tomorrow may be a huge day for me. I've got an easy 8 mile
hike to Straight Creek, then it's another 22 miles to the next reliable
water. I'll finish section 26, and push as far into 27 as I can. It may
be pushing a 30 mile day by the time I'm done, but the elevation profile
looks fairly easy. Should be fun!